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The Frederic Remington Art Museum will lend more than two dozen of the late artist’s works to a Texas museum next year.

Meeting Thursday the Ogdensburg Public Library’s board of trustees agreed to let the museum lend 26 original Remington paintings, bronzes and writings plus his classic 1898 painting “Charge of the Rough Riders” to the Museum of the Big Bend, an American West-themed museum at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.

The Remington works will be on display at the Texas museum from next August to December.

The university specifically requested the painting as a condition for accepting the other works.

“We are comfortable with (it),” said Laura A. Foster, the Ogdensburg museum’s curator.

The Texas museum will pay the Remington $20,000 for the loan of the 26 pieces and another $4,500 for the classic painting, the latter of which is framed in heavy wood and measures 35 inches in height and 60 inches in width.

“It’s what we in the museum call big,” said Edward A. LaVarnway, the museum’s executive director.

The Texas museum will cover all shipping costs, including $2,500 for a custom-built crate for the painting.

The library has all the museum’s Remingtons prior to 1980. That is when the museum became a legal entity separate from the library.

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